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Make Handmade Ornaments with Paper – Handmade Holidays

Today I am joining in with a group of designers and craft manufacturers in the 3rd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop, inspiring handmade gift ideas you're going to love. I really like creating with paper so I'm going to share an easy ornament project with you that you can personalize to create unique gifts and decor your family will love. You can make these paper ornaments out of recycled material, scraps and even non-paper such as fabric or plastic. Use what you have on hand to create something that is as unique as you are.

Make a photo ornament with paper
Make a photo ornament with paper

 

Paper ornament box by Jen Goode
Paper ornament box by Jen Goode

BONUS: Make sure to keep reading, there's a a fun giveaway  and FREE printable mentioned below.

I added photos to the above box to create a custom decoration for our tree.

Add photos to your ornaments
Add photos to your ornaments for a truly personalize gift

 

Handmade photo block ornament
Handmade photo block ornament

 

You can also leave off the hanger and use these pretty blocks to create word art decor…

 

Handmade JOY decor blocks
Handmade JOY decor blocks

When it comes to paper, I think the design is important but so is the paper quality. A nice thick card stock with a little bit of “tooth”, or texture, is my first choice. So I started by printing black and white designed on a thick watercolor bristol. You can use whatever you like. Graphic 45 is one of today's featured manufacturers and their papers would be gorgeous for this DIY craft! Don't forget, you don't have to make your ornaments in a Christmas theme. Your ornaments can be whatever art you like.

 

Pretty text paper ornament
Pretty text paper ornament

 

After making these ornaments, I realized… I don't have a tree up to show you how awesome they will look on the Christmas tree. I'll have to get creative in the morning to get you some photos that inspire a little more holiday spirit.

 

Print out art and then cut out the box shapes
Print out art and then cut out the box shapes

 

Assemble the boxes
Assemble the boxes

 

Add color and create embellishments
Add color and create embellishments

 

You can use all kinds of paper designs to create a whole pile of pretty block ornaments…

 

Make a variety of ornaments
Make a variety of ornament from all kinds of patterns and materials

 

The best part about this project… you can use whatever materials you'd like. All of the companies and designers below have amazing ideas to share… you can incorporate many of them into your ornaments – have fun with it!

 

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2013
Handmade Holidays Blog Hop 2013

 

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Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Sponsors
Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Sponsors

 

FREE PRINTABLE: Download the free printable to make your own handmade paper block ornament. The printable comes with one design block pattern, 3 mini frames so you can all your own photos,  JOY letter circles, a couple choices for ornament hanger squares and a mini gift tag design. Print out on a variety of colored paper or color with your favorite paints, markers or colored pencils. Or just leave it black and while for a elegant holiday look.

 

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23 thoughts on “Make Handmade Ornaments with Paper – Handmade Holidays”

  1. I absolutely love these! I tried to download the free printable but when I click on the download button it says “file not found”. I teared up a bit when I found that I couldn’t download this! 🙁 I am a new blog follower and can’t wait to see what you come up with next! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. Oh my! This is such a fabulous idea – it would also be fun to make 12 of them with a little present inside each one as a Christmas countdown! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!!

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